204 Maxcy Hall
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Personal website: http://lukedemography.com/
Areas of Interest:
Social demography; social and economic exchange; family and gender; sexual, reproductive, and child health; migration and remittances; Africa and South Asia
Dr. Luke is a social demographer whose research focuses on the role that social relationships play in shaping health and development outcomes in developing countries. In particular, she studies the exchange of resources within familial relationships, including bargaining between spouses over the allocation of household resources in India and the exchange of psychosocial and economic support between migrant children and their families of origin in Kenya. With respect to nonfamilial relationships, she examines the exchange of money and gifts within nonmarital sexual partnerships (often referred to as “transactional sex”) in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Luke’s recent work concerns important health issues, such as sexual behavior and HIV risk, marital violence, son preference, and child nutrition.
Dr. Luke’s research is interdisciplinary, incorporating theoretical and methodological insights from sociology, economics, anthropology, and public health. She has designed and directed several large-scale surveys as well as conducted qualitative studies in Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, India, and Vietnam. In support of her research, Dr. Luke has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the World Bank, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Dr. Luke’s research appears in American Journal of Sociology, Demography, Population and Development Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Economics, Studies in Family Planning, and Violence Against Women among other journals and edited volumes.
Nancy Luke. Accepted for publication 2010. "Migrants' Competing Commitments: Sexual Partners in Urban Africa and Remittances to the Rural Origin." American Journal of Sociology 15(5).
Nancy Luke, Shelley Clark, and Eliya Zulu. Conditionally accepted for publication 2010. "The Relationship History Calendar: Improving the Scope and Quality of Data on Youth Sexual Behavior." Demography.
Nancy Luke and Kaivan Munshi. Accepted for publication 2010. "Women as Agents of Change: Female Income and Mobility in Developing Countries." Journal of Development Economics.
Nadia Diamond-Smith, Nancy Luke, and Stephen McGarvey. 2008. " 'Too many girls, too much dowry': Son Preference and Daughter Aversion in Rural Tamil Nadu, India." Culture, Health and Sexuality 10(7):697-708.
Nancy Luke. 2008. "Economic Status, Informal Exchange, and Sexual Risk in Kisumu, Kenya." Economic Development and Cultural Change 56(2):375-396.
Nancy Luke and Kaivan Munshi. 2007. "Social Affiliation and the Demand for Health Services: Caste and Child Health in South India." Journal of Development Economics 83(2):256-279.
Nancy Luke, Sidney Ruth Schuler, Bui Thi Thanh Mai, Pham Vu Thien, and Tran Hung Minh. 2007. "Exploring Couple Attributes and Attitudes and Marital Violence in Vietnam." Violence Against Women 13(1):5-27.
Nancy Luke and Kaivan Munshi. 2006. "New Roles for Marriage in Urban Africa: Kinship Networks and the Labor Market in Kenya." Review of Economics and Statistics 88(2):264-282.
Nancy Luke. 2006. "Exchange and Condom Use in Informal Sexual Relationships in Urban Kenya." Economic Development and Cultural Change 54(2):319-348.
Nancy Luke. 2006. "Local Meanings and Census Categories: Widow Inheritance and the Position of Luo Widows in Kenya." In Etienne van de Walle, ed. African Households: Censuses and Surveys. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
Nancy Luke. 2005. "Confronting the 'Sugar Daddy' Stereotype: Age and Economic Asymmetries and Risky Sexual Behavior in Urban Kenya." International Family Planning Perspectives 31(1):6-14.
Nancy Luke. 2005. "Investigating Exchange in Sexual Relationships in Sub-Saharan Africa using Survey Data." In Shireen J. Jejeebhoy, Iqbal Shah, and Shyam Thapa, eds. Sex without Consent: Young People in Developing Countries. London: Zed Books.
Nancy Luke, Kaivan Munshi, and Mark Rosenzweig. 2004. "Marriage, Networks and Jobs in Third World Cities." Journal of the European Economic Association 2(2-3):437-446.
Nancy Luke. 2003. "Age and Economic Asymmetries in the Sexual Relationships of Adolescent Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa." Studies in Family Planning 34(2):67-86.
Nancy Luke. 2003. "Rariu and Luo Women: Resistance to Men and Medicine in Rural Kenya." In Marcia Texler Segal, Vasilikie Demos, Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, and J.J. Kronenfeld, eds. Gender Perspectives on Health and Medicine: Key Themes. Oxford: Elsevier Science.
Nancy Luke and Susan Cotts Watkins. 2002. "Reactions of Developing-Country Elites to International Population Policy." Population and Development Review 28(4):707-733.
Nancy Luke, Ina Warriner, and Susan Cotts Watkins. 2001. "Rariu Doesn't Rhyme with Western Medicine: Lay Beliefs and Illness Networks in Kenya." In C. Makhlouf Obermeyer, ed. Cultural Perspectives of Reproductive Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Karen Hardee, Kokila Agarwal, Nancy Luke, Ellen Wilson, Margaret Pendzich, Marguerite Farrell, and Harry Cross. 1999. "Reproductive Health Policies and Programs inEight Countries: Progress Since Cairo." International Family Planning Perspectives 25(Suppl.):S2-S9.